Nina Wakeford

484 14th Street

10 July10 August 2014

Almanac is pleased to present, at Legion TV, 484 14th Street, by Nina Wakeford.

As part of ongoing practice-based research into the role of sentimentality in the making of social and political communities, the exhibition features a new film work, which engages with materials encountered during a visit to the Lesbian Herstory Archive in Brooklyn, NYC. Complex desires related both to hopes for the future and nostalgia for the past are animated through the use of song, spontaneity and repetition, enacting an intimate encounter with the archive and its personal resonances. Rather than treating the archive with the reverence and objectivity normally expected, Wakeford conjures humour and attachment through a doubled, “time-lapsed” encounter. The environment of the installation requires physical and affective negotiation, and the navigation of interior and exterior spaces.

Nina Wakeford is a London-based artist. She teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is currently a D.Phil candidate at Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.

This exhibition forms a part of The Immaterial Almanac, a series of collaborative projects and solo exhibitions with emerging artists who have made performance and labour part of their practice in experimental ways.

Centred on the possibilities for resistance stemming from the increasingly flexible, fluid and invisible ways of working and producing, the project engages with immaterial labour’s influence on the way we interact, learn and create value.

A publication for The Immaterial Almanac, designed by Chan-Young Ramert, will be launched at the finissage of the exhibition, about the works of Stefania Batoeva, Fay Nicolson, Jenny Moore, Nina Wakeford, and contributions by Astrid Korporaal, Guido Santandrea, George Vasey, Nina Wakeford, Orlando Whitfield, Susannah Worth.

On the 23rd of July,
Richard John Jones, Huw Lemmey and Lily Keal will stage performative interventions responding to the installation in relation to physical affects and sentiments.

Lily Keal, I Just Want To Hug Your Work

...the hug: an anti-erotic fold in which macho politics and seductive theory gives was to awkward affective spaces and clumsy interactions...

Huw Lemmey & Richard John Jones, To Make Art, To Take Clothes Off

Reading with the body
Maybe it is me that is cut up, I certainly don’t feel particularly together. It's not just my body, I am also being cut up by the performance - laying here just taking it - trying to piece together my experience. It’s not that the construction of the performance is fragmented, it is very much together but it produces a feeling of fragmentation.


Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Huw Lemmey & Richard John Jones, To Make Art, To Take Clothes Off, 2014, performance.

Lily Keal, I Just Want To Hug Your Work, 2014, performance.

All photos by Jack Hems.